3 Words We Need to Stop UsingSubmitted by George Strait on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 22:53
"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name" -Confucius
I caught myself today using the phrase "Department of Defense", and resolved never to use it again. The Department of Defense, before 1947, was more appropriately called the Department of War.
Defense is a noble, natural right inalienable to all people, and as such, the term was co-opted for political reasons and applied to the Department of Defense. From behind this veil, we get phrases like "defense contractors", and "defense spending".
The result: $716,000,000,000 of war spending in 2012. Enough to pay around 20 million people $36,000 a year, which essentially means 1/7th of the American workforce is directly or indirectly concerned with making war. If we shall ever have any hope of cutting back the war machine, we have to start by calling it by its proper name: war spending.
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